Congratulations to Liam Rush, 6th Year, who was a national winner of this year's Poetry Aloud competition.
Poetry Aloud is an annual poetry speaking competition for post-primary school students across the island of Ireland. It has grown from just a few hundred entries since its launch in 2007 to 1,700 entries in 2017, with 143 schools nationwide participating.
Speaking at the final, Bríd O’Sullivan of the NLI’s Learning and Outreach Department said: “Encouraging young people to engage with poetry, and nurturing the art of poetry speaking have been long term commitments of the National Library of Ireland. We’re proud to host Poetry Aloud in partnership with Poetry Ireland, and it is heartening to see it continue to grow on year".
The Poetry Aloud competition comprises three stages: the regionals; the semi-finals; and the final. A national winner is chosen from each category by a panel of esteemed judges and receives a prize of €300.